Technomad Loudspeakers Achieve Full Range IP56 Performance Rating from IEC for Protection against Hazardous Elements
BOSTON, November 28, 2007 – Technomad Associates, LLC, a leader in weatherproof outdoor loudspeakers and Turnkey PA systems, today announced that its complete line of loudspeakers and subwoofers are compliant with the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) IP56 rating under its IP Code. IP56 is a stringent standard for superior protection against hazardous parts and water ingression, and is an extremely rare rating for full-range outdoor loudspeakers. IEC provides international standards and conformity assessments for government, business and society for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
The IP Code defined in IEC’s international standard 60529 classifies the level of protection provided against the intrusion of solid objects, dust, water and accidental contact. All Technomad products ranging from its 60-watt Vernal 15 loudspeaker to the 800-watt Chicago 15/12 subwoofer have an IP56 rating, reflecting the company’s philosophy for manufacturing rugged, reliable outdoor loudspeakers that also offer exceptional audio quality with clear voice intelligibility and outstanding musical output.
Following IP for International Protection or Ingress Protection rating, the first digit indicates the level of protection that the enclosure provides against access to hazardous parts and the ingress of solid foreign objects. The second digit indicates equipment protection levels inside the enclosure against harmful water ingression. Officially, a 5rating for the first digit means that dust ingression will not interfere with the operation of the equipment and offers complete protection against contact; a 6 rating for the second digital means that water projected in powerful jets against the enclosure from any direction results in no harmful effects.
Technomad loudspeakers are installed around the world in cruise ships, theme parks, sports stadiums, outdoor entertainment venues, and other harsh environment fixed system and mobile applications in military, government and private sectors. Many of these installations are reliant on Technomad’s IP56 rating due to constant exposure to dust, water and other harsh elements in booth indoor and outdoor environments. Recent examples include:
Tyco Fire & Building Products: Technomad Vernal 15 loudspeakers are consistently exposed to water and high humidity inside the new training and test facility in Cranston, Rhode Island. Six loudspeakers are installed on the perimeter of a concrete block spray distribution area featuring various sprinkler systems, hydraulics and spray patterns.
Club Med Cancun: Technomad loudspeakers are exposed year-round to sand, sea salt and rain outside on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
National Training Center at Ft. Irwin: Technomad Military PA systems sit outside in the California desert all year, broadcasting Sunni and Shiite prayers in makeshift Iraqi villages as they are continually exposed to wind-blown sand and dust.
Technomad loudspeakers feature true integrated weatherproofing as opposed to weatherized or weather-resistant loudspeakers that compromise acoustic performance and have a short shelf life in unprotected outdoor installations, said David Meyer, Commercial Sales Manager for Technomad. We are pleased to announce that our products meet the superior IP56 rating from IEC, a highly respected international electrical standards organization.